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Canada Faces Writers’ Strike Threat as Labor Dispute Escalates

Canada is potentially on the brink of a writers’ strike as the Screenwriters Guild considers strike plans in case negotiations fail. Tensions have escalated between the indie trade body CMPA and the Writers Guild of Canada (WGC) during their ongoing labor dispute. The WGC announced that its members overwhelmingly voted in favor of strike action if a fair deal cannot be reached. In response, the CMPA stated it remains committed to negotiating a settlement with the WGC. These statements come after months of discussions between the two organizations to update the existing Independent Production Agreement (IPA), which sets the terms, conditions, and rates for English-language productions in Canada. The IPA is negotiated by the CMPA on behalf of producer members and the industry’s unions and guilds.

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